At RP Law Group, we practice two main areas of the law on behalf of workers in Riverside and the surrounding California communities. These are workers’ compensation and employment law. If you have been badly injured at work or are a victim of discrimination or wrongful termination, contact our Riverside practice immediately to make an appointment with a knowledgeable attorney.
A California Workers’ Compensation Law Firm That Will Truly Fight For Your Rights
When an employee is injured in the workplace, they have the right to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits to pay for their medical care and the majority of their lost wages. It doesn’t matter who caused an accident; in fact, an injured worker can generally file a workers’ comp claim even if they caused an accident themselves. However, it can be difficult for victims to get all the benefits they deserve unless they have experienced legal representation. An aggressive workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits you are entitled to under state law. Call RP Law Group to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who’s been fighting for the people of California for over a decade. We return all calls promptly – usually within 20 minutes – and we will gladly meet you at a location nearer to your home if you are unable to come to us. Our number one priority is always helping our clients get the money they need after an accident. Remember: as an injured worker, you have the right to have your medical bills paid for even if you didn’t miss a single day of work. Contact our Riverside firm today and we’ll have you meeting with a workers’ compensation attorney in person within 24 hours.
We Partner With Preferred Physicians
At RP Law Group, we work with preferred physicians who know what kind of medical documentation matters in workers’ comp claims and can provide it in a timely fashion. Unlike many other physicians, these providers are specially trained to treat workplace accidents and illnesses. They know what is on the line for injured workers and they strive to work with us in making sure that workers’ comp claims are supported by legible, comprehensive documentation about their patients’ diagnoses and any associated medical treatments.
California Employers Are Legally Required To Carry Workers’ Comp Insurance
In California, companies with even one employee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This doesn’t only apply to full-time workers. Most of the time, part-time employees, temps, and contractors can also file for workers’ compensation benefits. It’s not only employees who benefit from the workers’ compensation system, of course. Workers’ compensation insurance protects employers from liability in the event of an accident unless criminal negligence or misconduct was a factor in causing it. In such cases, other kinds of legal action may be also be advisable.
Get Help Protecting Your Interests After a Workplace Accident
When a worker’s injuries are fairly minor, filing a claim may not be a big deal. However, when a worker is badly hurt and is hospitalized or needs surgery as a result, things can get more complicated. Employers and insurance companies alike can benefit from finding ways to deny or defraud a victim of some or all of their benefits. Employers facing the prospect of higher insurance premiums and insurance companies looking at expensive medical bills may allege that a worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an accident, or that they injured themselves on purpose in order to receive benefits and time off. This is especially true when an employee is unable to return to work for a prolonged period of time or if they are in need of costly continuous at-home medical care.
In any case, the best way for an injured worker to see that they get all the benefits they deserve following an injury is to partner with an aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible, preferably immediately after receiving treatment for their injuries. Your attorney can help you keep claims examiners and employers acting in good faith while the claims process is ongoing and see that you receive your benefits in full and on time.
Repetitive Stress Injuries Are Also Covered By Workers’ Comp Insurance
It’s not just acute injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation, either. Workers can secure benefits for repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis as long as they are related to their work activity. Claims examiners acting in bad faith may try to assert that a worker’s medical condition is due to some other factor such as playing sports or even genetics! Under such circumstances, it can be difficult to know how to make your case. The same is true when a worker contracts an illness due to a hazardous workplace environment. It can be very difficult to prove the existence of carcinogens or other toxic material at a work site. By hiring a dedicated Riverside workers’ compensation attorney, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to see that you get the benefits you are owed. Our preferred physicians know how to treat and document illnesses and repetitive stress injuries related to workplace conditions as well as more acute injuries.
No Fee Unless We Win Your Case
Our attorneys accept no fee unless we are successful in winning your case, and even then it is only a small fraction of the benefits we recover on your behalf. Statistically, workers who retain aggressive legal representation when filing claims end up receiving much more money than those who do not, making the added cost of an attorney practically negligible for many victims. If you have questions about how our fee system works, please call our Riverside office to get answers. There are no hidden costs for our clients at RP Law Group.
Great Customer Service and Fearless Legal Representation
Our firm truly goes to bat for our clients in finding ways to get them every penny of the benefits they have coming to them following a workplace injury. As noted above, we do our best to return calls and respond to emails in fewer than 20 minutes, and we will almost always be able to schedule an appointment for you with a workers’ compensation lawyer within 24 hours. If you’re filing a workers’ comp claim and are concerned that you may not get all the benefits you’re entitled to, turn to the most aggressive workers’ compensation law firm in the Inland Empire. We have zero tolerance for employers and insurance claims examiners who put themselves between workers and the money they are owed, and that’s why we spend every day of the year fighting for the people of California. As a matter of fact, our lawyers used to work in insurance defense before they saw the light and started working for the people instead! We know both sides of the law when it comes to workers’ comp claims and we know the games employers and claims examiners can play in order to deny workers’ their rights. Call our Riverside office to get help with preventing them from doing so where your own case is concerned.
Discrimination, wrongful termination, and other bad behavior on the part of employers isn’t just unjust – it’s illegal under federal law. In its original form, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly forbade employers from discriminating against workers due to their race, country of origin, nationality, or color. Since then, Title VII has been amended to include other so-called protected characteristics, including gender, age, and veteran status. Also, although LGBT protection is not explicitly encoded in federal law yet, California and federal courts have signaled that LGBT workers who are victims of discrimination can likewise file claims. If you are a victim of discrimination, wrongful termination, or some other breach of Title VII law, contact RP Law Group as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with a skilled lawyer. Within 24 hours, you’ll be meeting with a lawyer who can advise you as to whether you have a case and – if so – how you should proceed. Our firm handles all employment law matters including discrimination and wrongful termination, as well as issues related to wage/hours and whistleblower actions. Call our Riverside office today to learn more about how an employment law lawyer can help you fight back and safeguard your dignity as well as your rights.
Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, and the Wage & Hour Issues
Central to the process of enforcing Title VII law is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. In practice, a worker is first expected to try to resolve any issue through their company’s HR department. If this fails, the employee then can file a formal complaint with the EEOC. Sometimes the EEOC will investigate a claim and seek to settle the issue themselves with a person’s employer. Other times, they may require mediation. When these approaches cannot resolve a matter, they EEOC will then send the worker a right-to-sue letter, meaning that they are now free to proceed with legal action. It’s rare that the EEOC initiates legal action on their own, however. Most of the time it will be up to the victim to do so.
Securing the Rights and Interests of Victims in Title VII Cases
Cases of wrongful termination commonly involve discrimination. This includes sexual harassment, which, as a form of sex discrimination, is also covered under Title VII law. Although California is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that employers are free to fire an employee without explanation, this doesn’t justify termination based on an individual’s race or on some other protected characteristic. Under such circumstances, a good employment law attorney can be extremely helpful in helping a victim win their case and get the financial damages they deserve, including compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other related costs.